Linkedin users urged to change passwords after suspected hack

6 June 2012

LinkedIn-Logo If you’re something special in the business world, you probably find Linkedin an invaluable tool. If you’re a tool in the business world, you probably use it as well. If you don’t know what it is, it’s the globe’s most popular networking website for thrusting, go-getting business individuals. It’s also a bit of a pain in the arse.

As well as all of that, Linkedin is also looking a bit foolish today, after claims were made that over six million of its users’ passwords have been leaked on to the internet. They have cropped up on a Russian web forum where such things tend to crop up, but Linkedin have yet to confirm whether or not they are genuine.

Sophos security boffin Graham Cluley has told the BBC he believed the breach was genuine, saying: “We've confirmed there are LinkedIn passwords in the data.”

"We did this by searching through the data for (hashed) passwords that we at Sophos use only on LinkedIn. We found those passwords in the data. We also saw that hundreds of the passwords contain the word 'Linkedin'. Our advice is to change your LinkedIn password. And if you use the same password on other accounts, change it there too."

So cut short your brainstorming meetings and get to it sharpish, otherwise your dreams of being the next Alan Sugar or Gordon Gecko could be lying in ruins by nightfall.

TOPICS:   Privacy   Technology

10 comments

  • Marky M.
    So the "security boffins'" own passwords were in there?? I'll sleep well tonight knowing these people are hard at work making stuff, you know, secure.
  • Wonkey H.
    linkedin is for cunts.
  • Sicknote
    My password is always 'password' - it's so fucking easy that no-one would ever believe I had anything to steal.
  • Dogturd A.
    My password is 'incorrect'. Well that's what the computer keeps telling me.
  • Mike H.
    I'm a bit special....
  • The B.
    " It’s also a bit of a pain in the arse." No kidding, I've removed myself from it, sick of getting requests from "Recruitment Consultants" (sales scum) about products and services I neither want nor need.
  • The B.
    @Mike, in amongst the people who are after my skills, there are the people trying to flog me stuff, also recruiters who are trying to put me forward for jobs in programming languages and products I haven't used in 10+ years on salaries at £30k+ than I'm on, so in answer to your question partly yes.
  • The B.
    @Mike, ah yes, I see, I missed the word "less", that should read "salaries at £30k+ less than I’m on", incidentally, there's no need for a comma between free and Bob, very poor grammar. Care to elaborate on exactly how I'm a "Tit-head"? A curious expression that I haven't heard since primary school, still, it takes all sorts I guess.
  • The B.
    How many times did I use the comma or how many times incorrectly? Incorrectly, none. You want to know how many times, then count, I'm sure it was less than 12 so you'll have enough fingers.
  • Mr U.
    Why would any company want to offer a job to The real bob ? it's well known fact that The Real Bob is a well known Internet troll, possible psychopath and once his identity is confirmed and published in a well known national paper, he will struggle to get a job as a tramps arsehole washer! 5 years in prison should give him time to reflect for this keyboard warrior

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